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Heavenly skiers shine

Steve Yingling

While the South Shore mogul skiers stole the show at the U.S. Junior Freestyle Championships over the weekend, Heavenly Ski Foundation is showing that freestyle skiing isn’t a one-event showcase.

Travis Woodcock,17, followed up his runner-up performance in Wednesday’s upright aerials with eighth-place showings in the upright and inverted combined events in Winter Park, Colo. Those events combined the aerial, mogul and acro disciplines.

“He had a couple of falls during his acro runs or he would have been right in there,” said Heavenly freestyle coach Jere Crawford. “He’s capable of doing better, but he’s still learning how to do the combined.”



Woodcock also finished 10th in the inverted aerials, second among J1s, with his score of 86.56. The competition jump master cut back on the difficulty of Woodcock’s jump by preventing him from doing double turns.

“The jump master was trying to keep things safe,” Crawford said.



Beginning aerialist Jonathan Strohm, came in 15th overall – third for J3s – in the inverted aerials with his score of 51.55.

Area bumpers were sensational on Saturday and Sunday. Heavenly’s Cristie Tibbetts placed second while Shannon Barke of Tahoe City came in third. On the men’s side, Squaw Valley’s Tony Basile was first and Travis Ramos of South Lake Tahoe was second.

Travis Cabral, a 13-year-old from South Lake Tahoe, finished 19th overall and was fourth best among J3s. Chris Hernandez of Heavenly was 14th overall.

Many of the local hotshots will compete in the Far West Division Championships Friday though Sunday at Squaw Valley. Competition begins at 10 a.m. each day.


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